When the ROVs, Hercules and Argus, are exploring the seafoor, there is always a lot to do to make sure the science is completed. What every one may not know is that even when the ROVs are not in the water there is always something going on, like various projects, processing the samples in the lab, taking notes, and talking to different team members about their backgrounds. It is never dull around the ship. The Corps of Exploration come from all areas of the world, and with different scientists studying diverse topics, it is a collective effort to bring all of the findings to the world. These photos highlight the different aspects of life on board the ship!
The Windward Passage, located between Cuba and Haiti, is a major conduit between the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. It is a site of complex currents, mixing and exchange of water that have been little explored despite the historical importance of this region as a major shipping route. This region also represents a very active portion of the northern Caribbean plate boundary, where several geologic (seismic and tectonic) features and processes occur along the seafloor beneath the Windward Passage.